Greene County libraries set to reopen with a few changes

GREENE COUNTY — All Greene County Public Library buildings will reopen Monday during normal hours, but you may encounter a few changes during the visit.

If you’re able, the county’s library facilities are encouraging you to wear masks. Protective barriers will also be at service points and directional signs will be posted to help with social distancing.

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“We are excited to serve the public in person,” said Karl Colón, executive director.

“We look forward to the day when we can return to our normal service. For right now, we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding as we work daily to create new models and approaches to bring the best possible service safely.”

Expect the following new protocols to be in place during your next visit to Greene County’s Public Libraries:

  • Building capacity is limited to 50 percent and meeting rooms will not be available. In-person events will not be held.
  • The library will continue curbside service which allows patrons to place holds on library materials and have them delivered to their car without contact.
  • All libraries will still have public computers. Patrons will need to schedule one hour appointments with a librarian. Between each appointment staff will sanitize the computer, keyboard, mouse, and terminal. Appointments from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. are reserved for vulnerable populations.
  • Due to the limited space and high contact areas in the library's makerspace and archives, appointments are required for Spark Place as well as the Greene County Room (both located in the Xenia Community Library building).
  • All materials should be returned at the libraries’ outside book drops to reduce staff exposure to high-contact surfaces. All returned items will be quarantined for four days.